Arsenal workers report to work as normal after shutdown

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Many in the Tennessee Valley will now be dealing with the after effects of the recent government shutdown.

Civilian defense workers will be furloughed. More than 30,000 employees at Redstone Arsenal could feel the impact.

Redstone officials spoke at a news conference Monday afternoon about what employees can do to prepare for a possible shutdown.

Garrison Commander Colonel Bill Marks said the most important thing to know was everyone was expected to show up as normal and talk with their managers.

The people who were allowed to stay are considered essential personnel. Those are the police, fire, and emergency services. Also, all of those in uniform reported to duty. All gates were open as usual Tuesday morning.

Those considered non-essential were the majority of civilian workers and contractors on the Arsenal.

Officials said it is difficult to predict how the shutdown would impact Redstone Arsenal financially. Colonel Marks said the plan was to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. He also said this type of situation does cause stress on employees, both financially and mentally.

"Team Redstone is bigger than just the gates or the fence line here at Redstone Arsenal," said Colonel Marks. "It encompasses a fifteen county North Alabama area, and we are all in this together. As we've done in the past, we will all support one another, both emotionally and any other way that we can."

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